For beginners, classical music can be very hard to get into, especially with the amount of it available. These five classical compilation CDs are great for new listeners to start their journey of exploration and discovery of great classical music. Each album provides a unique mix of popular orchestral classics that I'm sure many of you will recognize and enjoy.
is a great collection of classical music on two CDs. The first CD features heart pumping classical music, including works by Holst, Verdi, Barber, Stravinsky, and Orff. The second CD features music that is romantic and passionate. Classical Heat
is a fantastic album for any classical music beginner.
Despite the cheeky title, this classical music compilation CD features many great pieces of classical music. What's best is that it provides the listener with the television program or commercial the made it popular. On it you'll find Monty Python's Flying Circus Theme, "Aquarium" form Carnival of the Animals (which was used in the Disney Cruises commercial), as well as the "Flying Dutchman Overture" from Looney Toons.
The Most Uplifting Classics in the Universe
Another great classical CD, this album provides its listeners with more melodic and inspiring classical music pieces (as if you couldn't tell by the title). If you're in a good mood, pop this album into your CD player and enjoy. You'll find works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Holst, Bruckner, Beethoven, Back, and Vivaldi
Classics Greatest Hits
This classical music greatest hits album features music not heard on the previous albums. On this album you'll find a nice selection of music from four periods of classical music - baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century. Familiar works like the "Blue Danube Waltz" and Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" will capture the attention of any beginner.
Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music
Though some of the works on the album I'd prefer were not scored for orchestra, overall this cleverly titled album is great for beginners. With fantastic recordings of Dvorak's 9th Symphony mvmt. 2 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
, this classical album would be a great addition to any classical music collection.